Strictly under the Influence

Strictly under the Influence

Chatty Girija

Beer Versatilist

The man who created the digital mirror that wakes us up and we go back to sleep with, felt nice and tipsy when he launched Facemash prior to Facebook.

Mark Zurckerberg is still feeling “slightly intoxicated” with his spirit of success.

THE MUG OF BEER  THE PAPER TISSUE  THE BLACK PEN

That’s how some of the world’s life changing start-up ideas were freshly brewed. More than any other composition of alcohol, beer is undoubtly the divine potion of life that stimulates some of the greatest modern life inventions.

A few rounds of beer between friends at regular watering holes are the perfect think tanks for the most absurd ideas making millennials millionaires.

DATE OVER BEER 

At one of the founder’s brother’s birthday party, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen launched Tinder (Dating App) over beer. The guests had to show they had downloaded the app, and downloads jumped from 400 users on the first day to over 4,000 by the end of the first week. Tinder party is still on with no reported hangovers.

GET YOUR INVESTOR TO DRINK. YES, YOU REDDIT RIGHT.

Ohanian and Huffman, the founders of Reddit approached Y Combinator’s Paul Graham and took him out for a few beers. They set out to develop a food-ordering app, but changed their startup after a conference in Boston. It was Paul who suggested them to develop the “front page of the Internet” as against the original food app idea. Beer not only gives birth to ideas, it changes them for better too.

DRUNK & DRIVEN AT 5 AM

The love for good music, good drinks and good life often goes flat when you got to face the perennial taxi problem and get stranded, especially in San Francisco. This holds true for each one of us, with or without a drink.

Night hawks Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp’s jamming night hit high while discussing the problem and they cracked an idea that suits their style, comfort and convenience. Together they launched limo timeshare service by the name Uber and now we drink many more for the roads.

FEW GOOD MEN AFTER FEW GOOD BEERS

You drink beer or serve beer, ideas will still gatecrash you. Some awesome, some terrible and some good ones like the few good men.

As the bartender at Broadway’s Palace Theater, Aaron Sorkin wasn’t throwing back drinks when he started writing his play A Few Good Men, he was slinging them. While his patrons were busy guzzling, Sorkin was collecting his thoughts like collecting the empty pints from the tables. He wrote A Few Good Men during the first act of La Cage aux Folles and would go back home with pockets stuffed full of cocktail napkins.

Things that happen over beer ultimately make the world a better place to live in. Don’t you agree?

The fact that so many great ideas were conceived over beer, one can only imagine what a great idea beer itself is.

Why do we need to resort to surrogate souvenirs like coasters, packaged drinking water, bottle openers, music CDs/cassettes etc when there are so many start-up stories enough to inspire beer advertising.

ONE FOR THE ROAD

While there are some who wrote their dreams over a paper tissue, there are others who cleaned themselves with the other roll and flushed their dreams down.

Next time you get high, make it your high of life.

Choose your tissue under the right influence.

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